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. >>> now, berlusconi and bersani are already exchanging blows after what's considered to be a controversial moment in italy. berlusconi has announced he's creating a new center right grouping. meanwhile, mario monti has been accused oversimplifying solutions during the fiscal crisis. carolin is joining us now from rome. do we expect more of this rhetoric today? >> oh, definitely. not just today, but specifically over two months. elections will only be held probably on february 24th. we've got about two months of the silly campaigning season to follow. so yes, as you said, the verbal exchange is definitely heating up. it started with mr. monti's response criticism coming from officials about his renewed request for the prime minister post yesterday. he said this criticism was out of place. it was offensive not just for him, but also for all of the people in italy who have the freedom to vote. this morning, he did an interview with one of the channels here in italy and he said, i don't really care about this spread because the spread is based on fraud. that's the direct translation. meanwhile
berlusconi next year. the unexpected drop signals continued pressure from abroad. and meeting face-to-face, president obama and house speaker john boehner sit down for a one-on-one over the weekend. there are just three weeks left before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. >>> italian shares are down nearly 3% this morning. for the most part, it is bank stocks leading the way down. we're now down about 2.76% on the ftse mib. bank stocks have been hit particularly hard this morning. earlier, we saw shares down 5.6%. we're seeing the same thing, whether it's bmps hitting session lows down nearly 6% comes amid concerns about leadership and economic reform in italy following mario monte's announcement that he'll resign once the budget has been passed. this move is likely to bring the country forward to elections next year. the italian prime minister has offered no clue as to whether or not he will run and it comes after sylvia berlusconi declared over the weekend he would throw his hat in the ring for the job of premier. carolyn ross is in italy following the details there. can you wa
run by monti. berlusconi hinted he may return to politics after stepping down last year. claudia joins us in milan. a number of reports suggested this may not upset investors too much just because we were going to have elections anyway, it doesn't bring it forward a lot earlier. is that the sense that you're getting? >> yes, it doesn't really change in terms of the timing. it just gives you an idea, though, of where berlusconi stands and what the situation is like within that central right next. the pdl has made it clear that there is a serious disagreement within the party. they were set to go forward with some primaries which is what the center left did to elect their candidate. and now that berlusconi has abruptly announced that he's going back, that tells you there is a lot of tension. he's trying to define the support, enough support in order to have some say in parliament even after the elections. an apparently he probably was not able to get that within his own party. as far as the situation overall is concerned, we did see the spread go higher and there are concerns. the minute
that italy can go back on to a sustainable growth path and -- >> is that with or without berlusconi involved? because end of february are these elections. >> yes. the elections are, of course, more the campaign heading into the elections with all these noises, especially the end ecb noises that we hear from italy. that's going to cause concern that if italy does need help, how likely are they going to be to get it? in the years from 1993 to 2007 italy brought down its debt to gdp ratio to almost 100% and half of that time berlusconi is prime minister. it's not like berlusconi has a record of fiscal spending. >> no. but i guess also the times were different. >> the times were different but the interest rate was slightly higher than it is now. but the primary surplus of the country ran over that period which was an acceptable 3% on average is already right now reached once again. so all the parameters are in the right place and the only thing the next government needs to do is actually nothing. if it does nothing, if it doesn't reverse the reforms -- >> what's interesting is what berlusconi is
-off that we saw on monday and the monte/berlusconi news, now berlusconi might be indicating willingness to let monti govern. the xetra dax is lower this morning. the ftse 100, too, down about 0.2% respectively. take a look at the bond curve. spain, this will be a good proxy for now. we'll get the ten year for italy in just a second. 35.34% is the level there. u.s. benefiting from fund flows well. choppy trade across the picture here. let's look at the italian curve before we get the results later today. we are seeing green across the board, so yields dipping before that probably has more to do with the political rhetoric we're seeing especially coming from berlusconi. under 4.6% for the ten-year and on the short and two, a bit of a rally. finally, let's close taking a look at the forex. euro/dollar is weaker. and it's holding just above 1.30. and the dollar/yen, this is the one sixuan mentioned to watch. heading into japanese elections, stocks outperform adding oots .1% to 83.35 this morning. >>> south korea's central bank may be worried about factors in the economy, but the dok says the econo
. >> turmoil in italy. berlusconi throws his hat in the ring. retail sales numbers out of china, hoping the economy is in fact on an upswing. >> apple, enthusiasm. jeffreys trimming its price target to 800 from 900, as apple shares do trade lower in the pre-market. we'll start with mcdonald's, posting better than expected november same-store sales, global comps up 2.4. u.s. same-store sales up 2.5, offered by breakfast offerings, including that cheddar/bacon/onion sandwich, as melissa mentioned. jim? people are saying the u.s. maybe is making a turn here. >> i find mcdonald's is levered to new products, levered to menu technology. they do invent things. my hat's off to janet. they had this number last week. reminds people, again, they've been right down, and up. mcdonald's is one of those things where joe asked me from squawk when we were talking, i said, i think this is a for real term. if they continue to innovate. i may this may not be your cup of tea, burger, but innovation s higher. >> they tried to sell it to consumers as opposed to their extra value menu, which is a little bit hi
's next election forward by just a month or two. berlusconi announced he would run again for prime minister. in a newspaper interview, the head of the euro bailout fund said that could mean more financial trouble ahead for italy and for the eurozone. italy has pushed through important reforms in the past year, he said. markets have honored this so far. however, they have acted with concern to the recent developments at the end of last week. u.s. ratings agency standard and poor's also expressed doubts about whether italy passed next government would remain committed to the next reforms -- italy's's next government would remain committed to the end -- italy's next government would remain committed to the reforms. >> our correspondents and does this report from the frankfurt stock exchange -- our correspondent sent us this report from the frankfurt stock exchange. >> traders have been disappointed. they have to wait another day until they get to know the outcome of the greek program. uncertainty always drags down shares, not only of traders -- if traders and investors look at greece
berlusconi actually have any chance with voters? >> the extraordinary thing is that despite his being really comprehensively discredited in the eyes of the rest of the world, a lot of italians seem prepared to fall for his charm and his promises, and he is actually on a media blitz at the moment, taking advantage of the fact that there are currently no rules since the campaign has not officially opened, restricting access to the media. so his face and words are absolutely everywhere on the television and radio and in the press, and i think he is able to appeal to italians' baser instincts, the fact that they are suffering under austerity, and that they see him as -- they associate with him a feel good spirit, although he did not actually succeed in delivering on it when he was in government. >> thank you very much for delivering on that. >> onto friday's market action. european shares gave up ground on the final trading day of the week. our correspondents and as the summary from the frankfurt stock exchange. >> hopes fading at the stock market u.s. politicians may reach a deal on time, alarm
berlusconi back in power, and france's francois hollande has to tackle urgent issues at home, so there is plenty of work for europ's firefighters next year. >> the past year, we have often brought you images of very angry protests in greece that were mostly against the harsh austerity measures imposed by the government in return for a bailout funds from lenders. >> without this, greece would certainly have gone bankrupt, but it still a long way from clear that the bailout and the reforms they are tied to will get the economy back on the road to recovery. >> meanwhile, the suffering continues for the greek people. the situation is especially dire in rural villages. >> we are on our way to a village on the border with bulgaria. most of the village's 500 inhabitants are muslim -- a minority in the orthodox christian country. the village also claims the dubious distinction of being the poorest village in greece, with an average income of roughly 6000 euros a year. >> everything is being cut. i am getting 50 euros less. my wife is getting something now, so i only get 440 euros. >> tob
you saw berlusconi kind of backed off and actually support him now so it's like they're going to parachute him back in. he won't run and he says i don't have to because he is a life senator whatever that means but italy has its own laws as you know, probably as well as anybody. but he wants -- he'd like to continue to run the show because he feels just like mario draghi that he's been very successful and he can't let go of the reins. now i understand that. but he doesn't want to run. >> he's been very successful and he tells us about that. >> right. >> he had his july 26th surprise between him and mario draghi but in the end as you pointed out off camera he doesn't want to lose. he's not going through the process in a way where he can lose. basically if you appoint me i'll take it. >> right. >> i think president obama or any politician in the u.s. would love to have those terms up. >> right. he wants the terms. no election. i don't want that process. i don't want the feeling of rejection but i'd like to continue in this path. italy has to make a decision and i think the big mo
, berlusconi and the german chancellor merkel were present. a lot of expressions of support for a monti candidacy here. what does this imply? what are people making of this? >> it's one of these things. in all honesty, we thought that the era of berlusconi had been done and dusted and we had opened a new page. but, okay, sometimes there are some comeback kids and berlusconi could be one of them. he did say that if monti would stand, he would resolve his claim to anything, but he wanted to prevent a shift to the left in italy. that's something angela merkel could support. although she might have to face her own transition to the left as we face elections in september. it's hoped mario monti would stand again and would stay in place because clearly that was the sort of work in progress that worked well. down with the euro and italy has to walk its own way. that is not something that we would like to hear in the eu eurozone or in berlin. >> silvia, thank you so much for your time. >>> now, a weak ahead of the person of the year, the winner, north korean leader kim jong un. the magazine did
after the party of sylvia berlusconi withdrew support for monti's government last week. berlusconi has indicated he will run for leadership again. cnbc's carolin roth will join us from italy with the latest in a few minutes. when i was over there, i had to have the -- all the political signs translated because there's a picture of monti sitting under a beach chair drinking a drink and all the text was send monti to the beach. they already didn't like him. >> he had very high disapproval ratings. i remember last summer i had seen that somewhere. >> they want to send him to the beach. the major european averages at this hour, there they, they're all down. not great in france, but germany down about .7% and the ftse down fractionally. other news out of europe, debt tieback for from an day to receive additional buyback offers. those would be at deeply discounted prices and that would help lower the country's debt lead. >>> in asia, stocks touched a 16-month high and closed mostly higher on the session with good gains, as you can see, with the kospi up the most, 1.5 points. >> strong nebs o
government could fall. >> the "b" word, berlusconi, incredible. see you later. if you're just joining us here is what you missed earlier this morning. >> welcome to hour three of "squawk on the street." here is what's happening so far. >> a sound fiscal position is necessary to protect the economy. >> okay. >> if we don't do that, as this economy recovers, that recovery is going to be aborted and that's going to do damage. >> 370,000, a drop of 25,000, because the 393 originally released last week was upgraded a couple of thousand. >> people are truly perplexed about what the stock is, where it got to, what do you do with it. >> so you can come up with a million reasons. it's manufacturing, well, maybe it is manufacturing, but is there really a demand question about apple's products? [ bell ringing ] >> there is a scenario says and some people believe in it, go over the cliff and if about two, three days we'll have it settled. . look if we knew that was going to happen i'd say go over the cliff. two or three days is not going to do any harm. suppose it's two or three weeks, suppose it's two o
. berlusconi says spreads, this is really just a scam. monty says we should care about spreads. want to bring in a third opinion. let's talk about bepo grillo, founder of the five-star movement. not a political party but a movement which benefits from voters' disenchantment with mr. berlusconi and mr. monty. he agrees with mr. berlusconi on one thing. he says spreads are all just based on speculation. >> translator: the spread is completely detached from the real economy. the spread is mental hallucination created by speculation in the banking sector because half of the italian debt is owned by foreign banks. these banks try to get high rate in order to earn more. so we are a victim of banking speculation, of both foreign and domestic banks. we shall detach from the real economy. we need to stop this vicious cycle of debt that is strangling us. >> reporter: many would argue it's the right time for mario monty to leave the political scene. would you agree? >> translator: he needs to disappear. he was, as the americans say, a bluff, a bubble, a bankruptcy curator. our country went bankrupt last
-old berlusconi has announced an engagement to his 27-year-old girlfriend live on italian television. the billionaire revealed that he finally felt, quote, less lonely thanks to his relationship. it will be mr. berlusconi's third marriage provided he can reach divorce arrangements from his current wife. >>> now as investors prepared to head home for the long christmas holiday, we're taking a look at what is in store. a slow grind to recession, that man is david evans, chief financial economist at jeffries. thanks for joining us. when do we come out of recession in europe? >> the uk at the moment is showing clear signs of recovery. i think if we can through the first quarter of nkts year, it all will be recovering. i don't care expect this to be a real turn until the second half. as we go into the second half of next year, it will become clearer. even the eurozone is recovering. within that, you'll have very much the laggards. france won't do particularly well, but germany and italy maybe next year have a potential surprise on the upside. >> how much of a surprise? >> it will not be a
between silvio berlusconi, the former prime minister, who this week withdrew his support for the existing mario. they will not call for a dissolution of the par lament or the government in italy. that is a promise made by berlusconi. that is good news because as far as barclays capital is concerned it doesn't matter for the markets. what you really need is a stable government and saying to the opposition, look, if do you empower, make it clear you're going to come through with reforms that are already on the table. in that environment, the fact that we're not going to have a disorderly dissolution in italy, you've seen the yields, in fact, fall on the italian debt. so after yesterday, the yields spike. in other words, the bond market is rising and a little bit more. >> do you think there's as th ce he runs again, berlusconi? >> probably not. the reason he did that, withdrew his support is -- the expectations is not that he'd run, but who knows. the man is a dash the m-- the m character. >> yes, he is. have a great weekend. sharon epperson is live at the nymex. good morning, sharon. >> goo
. former italian prime minister silvio berlusconi will run in the for office in the spring after resigning in november. not going to. interesting. lori: we'll keep an eye on that development in europe. don't forget the ecb, this is headline, saying eurozone is in for more economic woes and great are contraction. switching gears here, the concern over the u.s. fiscal cliff has you looking for a way to invest in gold there is one place you might have overlooked and that is ebay. a gold dealer has teamed up with the online retailer to give consumers an easy way to purchase gold bullion. the company's ceo michael haines joins me with more. rich souvenirs. don't turn away. how much money is actually here in gold and silver? >> just on the table right here probably about 50, 60,000. lori: only? chump change. >> annual bonus. lori: how do you know that is real? >> this is made for example, this one right here is made by the united states mint. so your government is actually making coins so that he can own bullion in your own personal investment portfolio. lori: so if an investor goes to ebay to p
this morning. back to you. >> did you see the -- berlusconi saying that italy might have to leave the euro -- i love this guy. and -- >> joe, i'll tell you, he has a point. a lot of people say if italy wasn't in the eurozone now, if you were to analyze the italian economy, current account surplus or ability to get there, it's competitiveness, that actually it would be in a decent position on its own. you know, that's a counter factual that may not be worth exploring. although berlusconi's clearly exploiting that perception. >> if germany doesn't agree to have -- to be a real central bank. he's looking good, 76. he's going to run again. his hair is jet black. and i think he's still -- >> i'm sure it's natural. >> you want to avoid him if you can. like -- keep your distance if you would. >> no, i don't have to -- joe, he's engaged now. he has another -- a new wife. >> i didn't realize that. then definitely. >> yes. i'm devastated -- >> the world's women are safe now. he's engaged. now, in february, there's another election. this is what i love -- he's way behind the leading party which has 30%. t
come out. one of, what will the clash with silvio berlusconi be? he said his economy was crippled and said the right would abolish property tax rises. the second more interesting question is whether or not monty in the game means the election result in february will be a less strong coalition to enact reform, which is clearly where we hope they will go as in keeping -- trying to keep the investor sentiment going. in rome, they actually auctioned 12 euros of bills. all the politics with berlusconi not really affecting the market. yields are low, confidence still in there. some italian banks rose on the back of that. not huge moves. you can see bpms, up 2.2%. in the center of europe where it was concentrated, other banks moved higher. i'll show you those, lloyds, in the netherlands. and one is a bank here. a tragedy really in spain. essentially 350,000 small shareholders you could argue, were conned to buying the bankia stock when the government owned it last year. they had products based on subordinate debt. we learned the bank's net worth is minus 4 billion euros. in other words,
for a potential return to politics of silvio berlusconi. again, not clear exactly why the post there has -- there's been a postponement of the end of the year press conference. that is the case as we are learning this morning. >>> moving on to shares in ubs which are at the top of the smi in zurich after the bank announced a settlement with u.s., u.k., and swiss regulators over its role in the libor fixing scandal. ubs will pay a total fine of $1.5 billion after admitting to manipulating the rate. as well as pleading guilty to charges of fraud and bribing brokers. the swiss bank says the fine will lead to a greater than expected fourth quarter loss. but that it will not need to raise new capital. carolyn, the response here by shares positive leading, in fact, the borce as we see it. >> ubs is the better performer on the smi, up by 2.3%. yes, the story, you know, has leaked over the last couple of days. we thought the loss would be bigger. maybe -- or the fine, rather, would be about $1.6 billion. now it's only $1.5 billion. still, this is a very, very hefty fine. i mean, it's three times the amou
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